Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of Philosophy: August 2010, Vol. 107, No. 8

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

The Journal of Philosophy: August 2010, Vol. 107, No. 8

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Maxwell's Demon, MEIR HEMMO and ORLY SHENKER

Maxwell's Demon is a thought experiment intended by J. C. Maxwell as a counter-example of the second law of thermodynamics, that is, a perpetuum mobile of the second kind. In this paper the authors show by a general argument that Maxwell's thought experiment is consistent with the principles of classical statistical mechanics. In their analysis of the experiment the authors study in detail the processes of measurement and memory erasure. They are able to show, contrary to the main stream view about the entropy cost of information processing advanced by Landauer and Bennett, that logical irreversibility is independent of thermodynamic irreversibility. Some conclusions are then drawn about the way to understand the meaning and role of probability in classical statistical mechanics.--Correspondence to: meir@research.haifa.ac.il.

A Modal Theory of Function, BENCE NANAY

The function of a trait token is usually defined in terms of some properties of other (past, present, future) tokens of the same trait type. …

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